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2019: Igbo leaders endorse Buhari, urge president to reciprocate gesture in 2023

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the South East geopolitical zone, on Monday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for second tenure.

The leaders, who disclosed their endorsement of the president when they paid him a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that four years was not enough for the President to implement all his projects.

However, National Vice Chairman of APC in South East, Emma Eneukwu who read the address at the event, asked the President to reciprocate the gesture by supporting a President of Igbo extraction in 2023.

“It is our conviction that four years is not enough for you to complete this worthy journey hence the need for another four years to enable you make Nigeria truly great.

“We implore Mr President, as a just and fair-minded leader, to make history by supporting the zoning of the office of the President in our great party to the South East at the end of your second tenure in office as President in 2023.’’

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They lauded President Buhari for the several projects receiving attention of the Federal Government in the South East, including , 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt road as well as the Enugu-Onitsha –Owerri road, among others.

Reacting, President Buhari pledged to give his best to all Nigerians, guided by a clear conscience in making decisions for the progress of the country.

He commended the leaders for their patriotism, sacrifices and support for the peace and stability of the country.

The President also commended the leaders for acknowledging the laudable and consistent efforts of his administration to restore Nigeria to the position of eminence.

He said, ‘‘I am very pleased for your patriotism and consistency in supporting our administration. You are always going around explaining things even at the risk of abuse.

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‘‘I want you to know that I have not forgotten the efforts and sacrifices you have made in the successes I have achieved in my position and I appreciate what you are doing for the stability of our country and the future of our children and our grandchildren.

‘‘I assure you that whatever I try to do, I will do it with a clear conscience and I’ll do the best I can do for all Nigerians.”

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that members of the delegation were the Governor of Imo State, represented by his Deputy, Eze Madumere, members of the National Executive of APC from the zone and ministers.

Other notable personalities in attendance were, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, former Ebonyi, Martins Elechi, Senator Andy Uba, Senator Ben Uwajimogu, former governor of old Anambra State, Jim Nwobodo, Senator Nkechi Nworgu, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, and former minister of labour and productivity, Emeka Wogu.

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Others are Senator Uche Ekwunife, Hon. Tony Nwoye, Okey Ezea, George Moghalu, National Auditor APC, National Vice Chairman South East, Emmanuel Eneukwu, Cosmos Maduba, Senators Chris Nwankwo, Chris Adighije, Anthony Agbo, and Emma Anosiki, Former deputy governor of Abia Cosmas Akomas, Nnanna Uzor Kalu, Dr. Uche Ogar.

Also present was the Chairman, APC House of Representatives caucus from South East Nnanna Raphael Igbokwe, Chike Okafor, Austin Chukwukere, Sam Nkire, Mac Nwabara, APC Deputy National Women leader Tina Ekwueme-Adike, Princess Gloria Akobundu, the Chief of Staff to Imo State Governor, Eze Nwosu and the Commissioner for Information in Imo State, Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri among others.

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